Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT) has decided to discontinue part time PhD from the next academic session.
Sources said MANIT authorities were not in favour of continuing part time PhD after it received several complaints. The decision was taken during the recently organised senate meeting. Sources said the candidates, who are into job, were doing part time PhD from MANIT. “MANIT is a renowned engineering college in the state and PhD from this institute means a lot. However, the candidates were not found sincere in their research work which forced the authorities to discontinue it,” said a senior teaching faculty of MANIT, pleading anonymity.
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Around 50 candidates had been annually doing PhD from MANIT. Sources said MANIT chairman Geetha Bali was furious over the casual approach in research work. “Authorities don’t want PhD candidates to just take away degrees from here. PhD is an important degree, but candidates were not taking it seriously,” said another teaching faculty.
However, the authorities have decided that the industries and companies, which have memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the MANIT, would be exempted from the new rule. “Employees of the industries, which have MoU with MANIT, would be allowed for part time PhD,” said the authorities. Asked the reason of their exemption, the authorities said industries heads keep a watch on the research work by their employees. “It has been noticed that such employees properly complete their PhD work,” they said.
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Part time PhD in MANIT was available in civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, electronics and communication engineering, applied mechanics, material science and metallurgical engineering, chemical engineering, architecture and planning, energy engineering, computer science engineering, computer application, physics, chemistry, mathematics, bioinformatics, management studies and humanities.
This article first published on The Times of India (link)